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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard, McLeod feeling pressure as Game 6 approaches

Both held 3-0 advantages in their OHL semifinals with the London Knights and Saginaw Spirit earlier this week, but are feeling the heat as they each now head to Game 6

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Game 6 beckons for both Ryan McLeod and Evan Bouchard after failing to wrap up their 3-1 series advantages with the Saginaw Spirit and London Knights on Friday, while Dmitri Samorukov stays alive with the Guelph Storm.

Samorukov had four shots in a 3-1 win for the Storm, and stood his ground defensively against the Knights and the high-flying Bouchard. Volgograd, Russia product is a point-per-game player with three goals and six assists in nine games, and Bouchard continues to lead the OHL in scoring with four goals and 15 assists in nine games.

Tweet from @EDMFutureWatch: Guelph and London tied 1-1 after one. I wanted to showcase this breakout from Evan Bouchard. His straight line speed has become a major asset. Solid defensive play from Dmitri Samorukov too. #LetsGoOilers #OHLPlayoffs

Game 6 between the Knights and Storm goes tonight in Guelph.

McLeod and the Spirit suffered a similar fortune as the Knights on Friday, losing 6-2 and their second in as many nights to the Soo Greyhounds. The second round, 40th-overall pick had a lone assist on the Spirit's second-period goal that cut into the Greyhounds' 3-0 lead, but didn't fare much better after that by giving that goal back 2:09 later.

McLeod has three goals and six assists in nine games and is plus-11 heading into Game 6 on Sunday in Sault Ste. Marie.

If Olivier Rodrigue is to return between the pipes for the Drummondville Voltigeurs from injury, it'll be against the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL semifinals after a 3-2 double-overtime triumph Sherbrooke Phoenix. Winger Ostap Safin, the Oilers fourth-round pick from 2017, has two assists for the Mooseheads in 11 playoff games this year after only playing 15 regular-season games and recording 11 points (3G, 8A).

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